Sara Björk Wins European Championship

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Icelandic football player Sara Björk Gunnarsdóttir has won the 2020 UEFA Champions League alongside her team Olympique Lyonnais. In the finals last Saturday, Sara became the first Icelander to score a goal in a European championship match. Lyon snatched the title with a 3-1 victory against Sara’s former club Wolfsburg.

“I’m just coming back down to Earth and realising that I’ve become a European champion,” the midfielder said in an interview with Vísir yesterday. “It’s been a dream and a goal for a really long time. It’s unbelievably sweet to have the title in your hands.”

Lyon, which has often been called the strongest women’s team in the world, acquired Sara just this year. The club is defending champion of Division 1 Féminine, having won the league for 14 consecutive seasons, a world record in any sport. This is its seventh Champions League title.

Sara thanked her well-wishers in an Instagram post this morning, saying she was “proud to be an Icelander.” She dedicated her title to the girls and boys who dream of making a career in football. “There are no limits.”

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Men’s Football Team Takes on Turkey in Clutch Match

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The Men’s National Football Team will compete against Turkey this afternoon in a crucial match for the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifiers.

Two rounds are left of the Euro 2020 qualifiers. Turkey sits at the top of Group H with 19 points (level with France) and will advance to the UEFA European Championship if it manages a tie against Iceland. Iceland, on the other hand, is in third place with 15 points and must win the next two matches to advance (while also hoping that Turkey loses points against Andorra on Sunday).

In the event that Iceland loses against Turkey, the team may still qualify via play-offs next March. It remains unclear what teams will advance through to the play-off round. It will not be determined until after the qualifiers.

Iceland will play without team captain Aron Gunnarsson (Al-Arabi) and fellow midfielder Jóhann Berg Guðmundsson (Burnley), both of whom are injured. Turkey will be without forward Cenk Tosun (Everton) who is injured. Team captain, Emre Belözoğlu (Fenerbahçe), remains a doubt.

The match will begin at 17:00 and it will be played at the Türk Telekom Stadium in Istanbul (home stadium of Galtasaray S.K.). The match will be broadcast live on RÚV.

Iceland qualified for the UEFA European Championship for the first time in 2016. The team advanced through the group stages and secured a 2-1 victory against England in the round of 16. The lost 2-5 against France in the quarter-finals.